Casa Laguna

Eastern Algarve

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Kitchen/dining room (oven, dishwasher, microwave, TV) with patio doors to courtyard and rear gardens. Double bedroom (ceiling fan). Bathroom. Library with access to front terrace. Living room (Sat TV, fireplace) with access to front terrace. Principal double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and patio doors to rear terrace. Shower room. 
  • First Floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with patio doors to private terrace.   
  • Annexe: Kitchen/dining/living room (dishwasher, microwave, A/C). Double bedroom with patio doors to rear gardens. Shower room.  
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds with lawned areas and terraces. Outside shower. Poolside summer kitchen (dining area, inbuilt barbecue, dishwasher, hob, sink, wine cooler). Second summer kitchen adjacent to villa (inbuilt barbecue, pizza oven, sink, covered dining area). Laundry room (washing machine). Table tennis. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (13m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Wonderfully unique and bursting with character, Casa Laguna is a marvellous semi detached property situated in a small hamlet near the atmospheric fishing town of Fuzeta. Exposing a true reflection of the owner's personality, it is an Aladdin’s cave of discovery with interesting features to be found around every corner: a cast iron safe in the library; the original stone sink converted to an ice bucket; the crystal chandelier in the kitchen, to name but a few.  The eccentric charm of the house flows into the outside spaces where stone pathways lead you to a sunken seating area, the magnificent pool beyond palm trees, or the open air shower created from a bucket.

The extensive enclosed gardens lie within grounds of over 5000sqm with tall palms, ancient olives, colourful bougainvillea and intriguing angel’s trumpet all vying for one’s attention. With a glamorously large thirteen metre pool, assorted open and covered terraces and not one but two well equipped summer kitchens (one even has a dishwasher), this is an ideal retreat to savour an outdoor life under brilliant Algarvean skies.

The interior is no less impressive, showcasing an eclectic, stylish and heady mix of décor, antique furniture and unusual artwork punctuated by traditional azulejos, cane ceilings and stone walls. Ground floor double bedrooms benefit from views of Cerro São Miguel to the rear, while the double bedroom on the first floor has a spacious private terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy the tremendous vistas across the expansive Ria Formosa Natural Park to the islands of Armona and Culatra and the sparkling bright blue waters of the Atlantic beyond.

Sitting in the rear gardens, an attractive self-contained annexe with an open plan kitchen/living room, double bedroom and shower room provides the ideal solution for those seeking some independence.

Local attractions include the nearby coastal town of Fuzeta (3.5km), excellent for beaches, exploring narrow cobbled side streets and sampling flavoursome seafood. The larger town of Olhão (8km) is renowned for its vibrant waterfront market and being the gateway to the islands of the Ria Formosa and further afield the ancient and picturesque town of Tavira (16km) is acclaimed by many as the most attractive along the coast.

  • The double bed in the principal ground floor bedroom can be separated into twin beds if required. Please advise at time of booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Laguna

Explore the town of Olhao

one of the most important fishing ports along this coast. The town once had close trade links with North Africa which is reflected in shape of the town’s cube-shaped houses with flat roofs and external staircases. Reward yourself with a fantastic lunch of the day’s catch of the day at one of the many seafront fish restaurants.

It is worth taking a trip to the border with Spain at Vila Real de Santo Antonio,

on the banks of the river Guadiana, which forms the border with Spain. Explore the twin castles of Castro Marin which were strategically placed to protect the settlement for many centuries.

Birdwatching

The Algarve is a stop off point for migrating birds and as such is a haven for birdwatchers. One of the most important sites is the Parque Nacional do Ria Formosa, close to Faro and the wetlands are considered to be amongst the most important in Europe in terms of birdlife. Amongst the species that have been spotted are white stork, flamingo, hoopoe, stone curlew, Caspian Tern, Iberian Chiffchaff…..

Visit the Pego do Inferno

7kms northwest of Tavira this spectacular series of waterfalls stretch over 2 kms is well off the beaten track. It can be reached by a series of wooden walkways and wooden bridges. There are picnic areas and the pool is a great favourite with families who can enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters.

A delightful beauty spot to visit is Quatro Aguas,

just southeast of Tavira, which has lovely views of the lagoon. There are some very good seafood restaurants to try. The regular ferry departs here for the Ilha de Tavira, the sand dune island stretching 11 kms, popular in the summer months for its excellent swimming

Santa Luzia is known as the octopus capital of the Algarve,

testament to which are the hundreds of covos, or pots, that can be seen stacked by the quay, ready to be used. Needless to say, the day’s catch features quite prominently on the menus of the local restaurants.

Horse riding

Horse and Pony rides are available from Centre Hipico Quinta Almadena, Sao Bras de Alportel. Tel: (351) 289 997 118. www.clubsantamaria.com.

Go to Lisbon!

Yes, it is possible to do – the fast train from Faro will take you to the centre of the city within 3 hours, giving you time to use one of the City sightseeing bus tours, which have guided commentaries. You can jump on and off wherever you like, thus enabling you to explore the sights and attractions that interest you.

Visit the World of Sand.

This international sand sculpture festival is usually held between May and October. Reportedly the biggest sand city in the world, this fascinating and spectacle will amaze all members of the family! There are sand sculpture activities for children and it is illuminated by night. Take Exit 8 off the A22 (Algoz/Pera), or from EN125 at Pera and follow signs.

Monchique is a spa town set in the hills planted with cork, eucalyptus and fruit trees.

There are some lovely walks through the woods with stunning views of the mountains. Pamper yourself with treatments in the Spa Hotel Termal in Caldas da Monchique.

The castle town of Silves is worth spending a day exploring.

The Cathedral, built in red stone, and the Moorish castle both offer beautiful views over the orange and almond groves below.

Play a round of golf!

The Algarve is renowned for the quality of its golf courses, offering challenges for every standard of player. There are over 30 courses along the length of the region.

When in Rome…….don’t forget to sample the many different types of port wine!

Chilled white port makes an interesting aperitif and can be a serious rival to sherry.Accompanied by some delicious local olives, it’s a great way to preface a supper of freshly grilled sardines!

The Fortress of Cabo de Sao Vicente

was built in the 16th century in order to protect the coast from the frequent attacks by Moorish pirates. From here it is possible to see the famous lighthouse, which was built in 1904. To watch the sun set here is a truly memorable experience.

Buy some ceramics to take home.

The region is famous for its wide range of pottery, ranging from simple glazed brown dishes and tableware to the highly coloured and intricate ranges of ornamental plates, jugs and bowls, to name a few. There are several pottery shops to be found all along the EN125.

Visit the Museu dos Frutos Secos in Loulé

– an unusual museum, which focuses on early harvesting methods for figs, carob and almond fruit. Indulge yourself afterwards at the exciting Pastelaria Baguetomania, just off Avda 25 Abril. You only pay as much as your plate weighs.

The village of Estoi is famous for its Roman ruins at Milreu dating from the 2nd Century

They are about a 10 minute walk out of the village. The 19th Century Estoi Palace and Gardens are also well known and attract visitors to see the ornamental fountains and the blue and white tiled terraces.

Go to the beach!

You can catch a boat from Olhao to one of the small islands just offshore where the uncrowded white sandy beaches are reportedly some of the best in Portugal. There are beach bars and restaurants available.

Brush up your tennis skills

at one of the many tennis centres and academies in Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo. Take your own racquets. If you are lucky you might be there when some big names are in town to participate in a tournament.

Visit a water park.

There are several along the Algarve coast, the nearest to the property being Aquashow Algarve at Quarteira. (Tel: 289 389 396). Open daily from 10am – 5.30pm (7pm in August). It is also a bird park with birds of prey and tropical birds such as parrots and macaws.

Nearby

Towns

Fuzeta 5 mins
Olhao 10 mins
Faro 20 mins
Tavira 25 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 40 mins
Silves 60 mins
Monchique 75 mins
Lagos 75 mins

Beaches

Fuzeta 5 mins
Olhao 10 mins
Vilamoura Beach 35 mins
Albufeira Beach 50 mins

Airports

Faro 20 mins
Times are approximate

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